President Trump told a group of reporters outside of the White House that the controversy surrounding his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh could have a lasting impact on the culture and set a new, dangerous precedent. He was not referring to the nominee, but the potential harm which can come from the media accepting the accusation of a person and reporting it as if it is true, forcing the accused to prove their own innocence.
Trump said an allegation could defeat a person’s entire career, no matter how perfect it was. He added that America is brewing a guilty culture where people must prove their own innocence. The accusations alongside the mob media who cover it, offer an “automatically guilty” verdict, Trump said.
As ABC News reports, the president referred to Kavanaugh as a “high-quality person” who “did very well” during last week’s hearing alongside his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“If you can be an exemplary person for 35 years and then somebody comes and said you did this and they give three witnesses and the three witnesses, at this point, do not corroborate what she was saying. It’s a very scary situation where you are guilty until proven innocent.”
“My whole life, I have heard you’re innocent until proven guilty but now you are guilty until proven innocent. That is a very, very difficult standard.”
“I say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump said. “This is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. It really does.”
“You can be someone who was perfect your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something. It does not necessarily have to be a woman, as everybody is saying. But, somebody could accuse you of something and you are automatically guilty. But in this realm, you are truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very, very bad things taking place right now.”
Pres. Trump says it’s a “very scary time for young men in America.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 3, 2018
Trump’s got a point as Kavanaugh has been forced to defend himself and account for his own character amid an allegation which has no corroborating evidence. Furthermore, since Kavanaugh was not able to pinpoint a month, week, or date of the allegation, the Supreme Court nominee was forced to give an account of his entire summer. It should be noted that the #MeToo movement has brought about the unearthing of instrumental figures like Harvey Weinstein.
Trump refused to comment on his thoughts concerning the FBI investigation and what they could find over their one-week investigation, which could end as early as Wednesday.
“We are going to talk later I don’t want to do anything to interrupt what’s happening with this process – that’s fine but I don’t want to do anything to interrupt the process,” Trump said.
“I was in Tennessee last night and I want to say that those people we had a sold-out arena with thousands of people outside, everywhere I go – I’m going to Pennsylvania to the same thing they are so in favor of Judge Kavanaugh – you’ve never seen anything like it. I actually think it’s like a rallying cry for the Republicans they are so in favor of Judge Kavanaugh.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.